Klibanoff, HankHank Klibanoff

Email: hklibanoff [at] emory [dot] edu

Hank Klibanoff serves as director and co-teacher of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University, where he is the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism. A native of Alabama, Klibanoff joined Emory after more than 30 years as a reporter and editor at print and online newspapers in Mississippi and at The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Klibanoff and co-author Gene Roberts won a Pulitzer Prize in history in 2007 for The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation (Knopf).

Klibanoff also works with professional journalists on the broader Civil Rights Cold Case Project (, which uses investigative reporting to dig out the truth behind unsolved racial murders that took place during the civil rights era across the South. He is on the John Chancellor Excellence in Journalism Award Committee at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the advisory board of the National Press Foundation, the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellowships Advisory Board, and the advisory board of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. He serves as chairman of the advisory board of VOX Teen Communications, an Atlanta non-profit youth development organization.

Klibanoff earned his bachelors degree at Washington University in St. Louis and his masters degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Both universities have honored him as a distinguished alumnus.

Gadsden-publicity photoBrett Gadsden, Ph.D.

Email: bgadsde [at] emory [dot] edu

Brett Gadsden, co-teacher of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University,  is Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at Emory and a historian of twentieth century United States and African American history. His first book, Between North and South: Delaware, Desegregation, and the Myth of American Sectionalism, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) chronicles the three-decades-long struggle over segregated schooling in Delaware, a key border state and important site of civil rights activism, education reform, and white reaction. His work has appeared in the Journal of African American History and the Journal of Urban History. He is also the recipient of fellowships and grants from the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Libraries, National Academy of Education, Spencer Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, American Historical Association, Hagley Museum and Library, and Delaware Heritage Commission. His manuscript-in-progress, titled “From Protest to Politics: The Making of a “Second Black Cabinet,’” explores the set of historical circumstances that brought African Americans into consultative relationships with presidential candidates and later into key cabinet, sub-cabinet, and other important positions in the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations and opened to them unprecedented access to centers of power in the federal government.